Ray Rhodes
Senior Assistant-Defense


Ray Rhodes was named the Browns’ senior assistant - defense on February 14, 2011. He comes to the club with 30 years of experience coaching in the NFL, including five seasons as a head coach.

Ray Rhodes was named the Browns’ senior assistant - defense on February 14, 2011. He comes to the club with 30 years of experience coaching in the NFL, including five seasons as a head coach.


He spent the past three seasons with the Houston Texans, serving first as assistant defensive backs coach in 2008 before spending the last two seasons as senior defensive assistant. Rhodes had on emphasis on the safety position and helped Bernard Pollard (2009) and Troy Nolan (2010) each tie for the team lead in interceptions.


Prior to Houston, Rhodes spent five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as defensive coordinator (2003-05) and special projects/defense (2006-07). In 2005, his role was limited due to illness, but he maintained his involvement with the defense as the group led the NFL in sacks (50), finished second in red zone defense (40.4%), ranked second in rushing touchdowns allowed (5), yielded just one 100-yard rusher and saw rookie linebacker Lofa Tatupu earn a trip to the Pro Bowl.


Rhodes also served as the defensive coordinator in Washington (2000) and Denver (2001-02).  In his lone season with the Redskins, the team ranked in the top ten in the NFL in numerous categories including net passing yards (2nd, 163.6 ypg), total net yards (4th, 279.6 ypg), points allowed (7th, 16.8 pg) and sacks (8th, 45).  In addition, Champ Bailey and Marco Coleman earn Pro Bowl nods.  In his first season with the Broncos, he guided Deltha O’Neal, Trevor Pryce and Al Wilson to Pro Bowl selections as the team finished in the top ten in the NFL in  turnovers forced (5t, 37), net rushing yards (6th, 93.3 ypg) and total net yards (8th, 298.4 ypg).


Before leading the Redskins’ defense, Rhodes spent the previous four seasons as a head coach in the NFL.  From 1995-98 he served in this capacity with the Philadelphia Eagles.  In his first year there, he earned NFL Coach of Year honors after guiding the Eagles to a 10-6 mark and an appearance in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs.  The team sported an identical 10-6 mark the following year (1996) as they qualified for an NFC Wild Card berth.  Rhodes is the only head coach in Eagles history to lead the team to playoff appearances in his first two years with the team.  Following his four-year stint in Philadelphia, Rhodes was the head coach in Green Bay in 1999, as he led the Packers to an 8-8 record.


Rhodes got his start in the NFL with the 49ers as assistant secondary coach from 1981-82 before coaching defensive backs from 1983-91. He spent two seasons as defensive coordinator in Green Bay (1992-93) before returning to San Francisco as defensive coordinator in 1994.  In 1993, the Packers ranked seventh in the NFL in pass defense (181.3 ypg), eighth in rush defense (98.9 ypg) and tied for third in sacks (46).  In 1994, he helped the 49ers capture Super Bowl XXIX as they were second in the league in rush defense (83.6 ypg), sixth in points allowed (18.5 pg) and tied for fifth in turnovers forced (35).  Merton Hanks, Tim McDonald, Deion Sanders and Dana Stubblefield all earned Pro Bowl honors that year.


Rhodes spent two seasons as a running back at Texas Christian University (1969-70) before transferring to the University of Tulsa (1972-73). He was a 10th round draft selection by the New York Giants in 1974 and played wide receiver for his first three NFL seasons (1974-76), before switching to defensive back for the final four years of his career (1977-80). Overall, Rhodes appeared in 97 regular season contests and in 1975, he led the NFC with an average of 20.7 yards per reception.


Ray and his wife, Carmen, have four daughters, Detra, Candra, Tynesha and Raven.


Ray Rhodes’ Coaching Background:

1981-82           San Francisco 49ers, assistant secondary coach

1983-91           San Francisco 49ers, defensive backs coach

1992-93           Green Bay Packers, defensive coordinator

1994                San Francisco 49ers, defensive coordinator

1995-98           Philadelphia Eagles, head coach

1999                Green Bay Packers, head coach

2000                Washington Redskins, defensive coordinator

2001-02           Denver Broncos, defensive coordinator

2003-05           Seattle Seahawks, defensive coordinator

2006-07           Seattle Seahawks, special projects/defense

2008                Houston Texans, assistant defensive backs coach

2009-10           Houston Texans, senior defensive assistant coach

2011                Cleveland Browns, senior assistant - defense

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